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Area police investigated a number of crashes recently but none resulted in injuries. Police also uncovered a pot growing operation in Antrim Township.


Franklin Fire Company Responder Report

Four people escaped serious injury Tuesday night after their car went off the road in the 900 block of Shatzer Road, down an embankment and into a creek.

Franklin Fire Company Responder Report
Four local residents escaped serious injury when their car went off the road, down an embankment, and into a creek Tuesday night. (Franklin Fire Company photo)

Franklin Fire Company and multiple ambulances responded to the scene. Three of the four people in the car were taken by ambulance to a hospital emergency room. All were treated and released.

The weather Tuesday was wet and foggy. The National Weather Service had issued a weather alert for overnight Tuesday warning area residents of heavy overnight fog. One of the four, Vance Richard Youtz, posted on social media that the fog was a factor in the crash. He said he and the other three — Jordyn Taylor, Mallory Ivy, and Matt Bartle — were “concussed and banged up” but grateful their injuries were not serious or life-threatening.


Chambersburg Police Log

ACCIDENT INVOLVING DAMAGE – Chambersburg police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a tractor-trailer rig that hit a passenger car on South Second Street Dec. 18 and then fled the scene.

The vehicle shown in this photo may be relevant to an ongoing police investigation. It is a vehicle of interest, but not necessarily a suspect at this time.

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If you believe you have information that can assist the police in identifying or locating this tractor-trailer, please contact the Chambersburg Police Department at (717)264-4131. 


Pennsylvania State Police Log

A Greencastle woman faces multiple felony drug charges after Pennsylvania State Police were tipped off to a marijuana growing operation in the basement of a Buchanan Trail residence earlier this month.

Police log
Britni Piret

Britni K. Piret, 30, is charged with three felony counts of manufacture, delivery or obsessing with the intent to deliver controlled substances, and one misdemeanor count of drug possession.

Police were tipped off to the grow operation after a Franklin Country Sheriff’s Department deputy went to Pitet’s residence Jan. 9 to serve a warrant. The individual the deputy was looking for was believed to be staying there, police said.

Police obtained a search warrant the same day and executed it at the Buchanan Trail dress. Police said Piret was present as police searched the home. They found 10 live suspected marijuana plants growing in a tented area in the basement and a large amount of harvested suspected marijuana in a bedroom.

They also confiscated suspected hashish, mushrooms and a quantity of cash.

Piret’s preliminary hearing on the charges is set for Jan. 21 in Franklin County Central Court.


There were no injuries reported in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday in Guilford Township. Police said Lawrence A. Worsham, 41, of Mont Alto, was traveling north on Fetterhoff Xhapel Road at 6:16 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control of his 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe on a curve and it went off the roadway and hit a ditch. Although Worsham escaped injury, his vehicle had disabling damage, police said.


A Hagerstown woman was cited for not yielding the right-of-way in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Mason Dixon Road and Pennsylvania Avenue Jan. 9.

Police said Ashley N. Sprecher, 26, Hagerstown, turned left from Pennsylvania Avenue onto Mason Dixon Road at 7:31 a.m. that day, into the path of a vehicle driven by Melissa S. Morgan, 42, of Greencastle.

Sprecher was cited for the traffic violation.

Local Crime News

Police log: Assaults, Trespass, Thefts, Mischief and Forgery

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Area police have been kept busy recently with a wide variety of incidents, investigating everything from assaults and forged currency to truant kids hanging out along the railroad tracks.
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